On Tuesday, January 30, 2018, the late Keith Prater will be inducted into the RCSHS Alumni Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place at Rowan County Senior High School’s Warren Cooper Gymnasium between the Boys’ Vikings JV and Varsity basketball games. A reception will be held at the high school’s Viking Café at 6 PM on January 30, 2018.
The Boys’ Vikings basketball team had been scheduled to play an away game against Lewis County High School, which was where Keith Prater was from and had taught and coached baseball prior to coming to Rowan County. However, the Lewis County High School basketball team graciously agreed to switch locations, allowing Rowan County to honor Keith Prater’s memory at the induction ceremony and giving members from the Lewis County community the opportunity to witness the induction ceremony.
Keith Prater was a special education teacher at Rowan County Senior High School as well as the head coach for the high school’s baseball and bowling teams. Prior to coming to Rowan County, he served as a teacher at Lewis County High School and head coach for the LCHS baseball team. The final game that he coached, May 31, 2017, was one that saw Rowan County take the 16th Regional title and move to the State level for the first time since 1983. Days before the RCSHS baseball team was scheduled to compete in the KHSAA State Baseball Tournament, Prater was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Sadly, Keith Prater passed away on July 19, 2017, losing his short but valiant battle with leukemia.
RCSHS Assistant Principal Brandy Carver stated, “In his time at Rowan County Senior High School, Keith’s love was working with special needs students. He had a way of building relationships and making students feel confident in what they were doing. Keith taught all of his students to accept everyone, love everyone, and always lend a helping hand. The impact Keith Prater made on so many lives will forever live in our hearts. We now cherish all of the precious memories and strive to live each day with kindness in our hearts--just as he did.”
“The impact that Keith Prater had on our students at the high school was tremendous,” said Superintendent Marvin Moore. “The way he led his life modeled leadership and respect, something that we teach our students every day. Having him as a member of the RCSHS Alumni Hall of Fame is an honor that is well-deserved.”